[D8535T], Letter from Societe d'Appareillage Electrique, Arthur Achard to Thomas Alva Edison, March 31st, 1885


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[D8535T], Letter from Societe d'Appareillage Electrique, Arthur Achard to Thomas Alva Edison, March 31st, 1885

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[Original letter handwritten in French. Handwritten translation follows as an attachment.] Received your letter of the 9th inst, to which were attached two letters: 1) Translation of a letter of Feb. 24 addressed by the German Edison Co. of Berlin to the Edison Continental Co. at Paris; 2) a letter of the latter Co. to you dated Feb. 26. ##"It is probable, and the contents of these letters show that you also think, that the allegation in relation to a pretended Firm Achard in Geneva aims at our Society or this allegation is absolutely false and without motive." We have never offered to sell lamps in Germany. The price of 2.50 Marks, which we would have offered elsewhere, shows how little the declaration of the German Co. are serious. What benefit could we have selling lamps at such a low price? ##This without doubt relates the same story which was told in a letter dated March 6, which [I] personally received from a Katz of Berlin, signifying him self-representative of the German Co. and which [I] have not answered, because [I] did not understand anything from it and because it contained a perfectly absurd accusation against [me], stating that [I] was not a representative of the Society Edison in Germany and particularly for Alsatia[?]. ##"We only wish to tell you that we desire to exist in good harmony with the other European Societies under your auspices, and we respect their rights in the most scrupulous manner." Unfortunately, we are not among those who are disposed to practice reciprocity. We would not be surprised if the ridiculous story, the existence of which we learned from your letter, was destined to turn aside the attention of certain attempts to make us competitors in Switzerland in spite of the rights we possess from you.




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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